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2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: August 27, 2020
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Rishabh Mehra

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The regular X7 M50i is plenty powerful and no one in their right mind would ever need more power under the hood of that beast. Engineers at Alpina think otherwise. They took the most powerful X7 with 523 horsepower and dialed the lunacy to eleven. What we have here is one of the most powerful SUVs in the world with 621 horsepower. Along with such dramatic power upgrades, Alpina also upgraded the exterior and the cabin with tasteful Alpina-spec modifications that include a sporty body-kit and multi-spoke 23-inch Alpina designed wheels. 

Belonging to a premium class of branded vehicles, the ALPINA XB7 has no direct competitors, however, there are indirect competitors like the Bentley Bentayga, Audi RS Q8, and Maserati Levante Trofeo.

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Pros

A big power bump over X7 M50i

Plush interiors

Dynamic performance

Cons

Competitors offer similar performance at a much lower price

What's New?

Infotainment upgrades make their way to the all-new XB7


Pictures & Videos

Exterior
Interior
Videos
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Detailed Review video
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Styles

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 in Alpine White color 2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 in Black Sapphire Metallic color 2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 in Mineral White Metallic color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

9.9

Engine And Performance

9.9

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.9

9.2

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Base

Base

power
612 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
combined

$141,300


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
4dr AWD Sports Activity Vehicle 4dr SUV (4.4L 8cyl 8AM) Starting at $141,300 MSRP TBD 612 hp @ 5500 rpm, 4.4L, V-8, premium unleaded
8-speed automatic w/OD and auto-manual all wheel drive 7

Expert Review

9.2

Overall Rating


Having its roots in early motorsports, ALPINA is a German automotive company that sells high-performance BMW cars by modifying some of the stock parts. ALPINA has created many beautiful beasts in the past and yet again the XB7 is a new hotshot that is considered as one of the best-performing SUVs ever made. Besides, the ALPINA produced BMWs are proven to be very reliable with great resale values. The pricing for the BMW ALPINA XB7 starts at $142,295.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 front view
2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 rear view

9.9/10
Features

 
 
 

9.9/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.9/10
Interior

 

9.0/10
Exterior

 

9.9/10
Safety

 
 
 

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Features

9.9/10

The BMW ALPINA XB7 is one of its kind and there are no additional trims. However, the model is ready to order and the delivery starts at the end of 2020. For such a price, the XB7 comes filled to the brim with a lot of features that enhance the comfort, infotainment, and safety than that in a normal BMW X7. Moreover, it is more stylish from the inside as well as outside whilst tuned to get the most out of its performance.

Model

BMW ALPINA XB7

MSRP (AWD)

$141,300

Key Features

Adaptive LED headlights, fog lights and taillights with active air-stream kidney front grille

 

Automatic dimming interior rearview mirror with two 12.3-inch live cockpit professional

 

Four-zone automatic air conditioning with ambient interior lighting and heated and cooled front and rear dual-cup holders

 

Standard 20-way powered Merino leather-wrapped seats with heated front and rear seats with memory function and massaging function

 

Power panoramic moonroof with sliding and tilt function and power-folding side mirrors with anti-dazzle

 

Active driving assistant professional, active protection and parking assistant plus

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

BMW cars are known to be driving enthusiast’s top choice. They are beautifully designed and are luxurious on the inside, everything a person would want from a car. But when it comes to reliability, it haunts the German brand to this day. 

BMW cars are well-built but they are not the most reliable cars out there. They are expensive to own and not that cheap to maintain and repair either. With that being said, Bimmers require unmatched attention when it comes to maintenance and if looked after with love and care, these cars can last a lifetime or two. The same goes for the new BMW X7. For Alpina models, the warranty is usually similar to regular BMW models but they do well when it comes to resale value as the Alpina brand adds more value to the package.

Reliability and Ownership Cost

As the XB7 is completely new to the ALPINA lineup and is not yet launched, JD Power has not yet rated the luxury limousine cum SUV. With that said, a look at the reliability costs for the regular X7 and X7 M50i can surely give a general idea as to what is in store for future Alpina buyers. The full-size beast is not expected to be cheap to run or own. It gets a big 4.4L twin-turbocharged V8 which is re-tuned and now produces even more power. 

Combined with a heft of around 5300 pounds, the fuel costs are surely going to be sky-high. According to the table, it costs virtually nothing when it comes to maintenance cost and repair costs as a brand new BMW X7/Alpina XB7 won that, require any more investment, at least for its initial years.

Warranty

Even though this is the costliest performance SUV that BMW has ever produced, the company has backed the ALPINA XB7 with the same as for the X7. This shows how confident they have produced the product. The BMW Ultimate Care is also offered which takes care of the engine or any related parts.

Criteria

Period

BMW Ultimate Care

3-year/36,000-miles; whichever comes first

New Vehicle Limited Warranty

4-year/50,000-miles; whichever comes first

Powertrain Warranty

4-year/50,000-miles; whichever comes first

Complimentary Maintenance Service

3-year/36,000-miles; whichever comes first

Rust Perforation Limited Warranty

12-year unlimited miles

Roadside Assistance Program

4-year unlimited miles

In comparison, Bently offers just one year of complimentary maintenance service schedule but no miles cap on powertrain and basic warranty. Maserati misses out on a complimentary maintenance service schedule altogether.

Miles Per Dollar

Alpina XB7 is an expensive SUV with super high running costs. According to the BMW X7 M50i ownership cost table, the SUV requires fuel worth of $3300 to cover 15,000 miles in a year. Considering this, the Alpina XB7 should cover just 4.5 miles per dollar which is quite costly even from SUV standards. 

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Buying Advice

The 2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 would be the perfect SUV for a quick stroll around the city or even for long drives with adequate comfort and seating capacity enough to include most acquaintances. 

Moreover, it is the most affordable performance-SUV with some serious numbers in the specifications and can shame a reputable sports car. However, it is not as luxurious as it is portrayed and there are better options.

Is buying a used Alpina XB7 a good idea?

Alpina XB7 is a brand new SUV which is yet to officially roll out from the assembly line so buying a used XB7 is not possible. With that being said, Alpina cars do hold their value better than their stock BMW counterparts as they are more expensive than the regular Bimmers. 

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Engine and Performance

9.9/10

The new XB7 is run by an ALPINA-tuned 4.4L V8 BiTurbo engine which propels the wheels at 612 HP and 590 lb-ft of torque at the peak which is connected to a flawless 8-speed automatic transmission and a brilliant all-wheel-drive system powering the car constantly, quickly and smoothly.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 engine

The XB7 shares the powertrain with the X7 M50i which is the most powerful X7 that BMW makes. To extract even more grunt from that 4.4L V8, Alpina strapped new and bigger turbochargers along with their intercoolers, a souped-up transmission cooler to take care of all that ballooned-up torque and a stainless-steel performance exhaust. 

Models

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7

2020 Bentley Bentayga V8

2020 Audi RS Q8

2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo

MSRP

$141,300

$165,000

$114,500

N/A

Engine

4.4L Twin-Turbo V8 (ALPINA Tuned)

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 

4.0L Twin-Turbo V8 

3.8L Twin-Turbo V8 

Drivetrain

AWD

AWD

AWD

AWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power 

612 hp @ 6500 rpm

542 hp @ 6000 rpm

591 hp @ 6500 rpm

590 hp @ 6250 rpm

Torque 

590 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

568 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

590 lb-ft @ 2000 rpm

538 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm

The ALPINA-tuned XB7 is way ahead and has the biggest and the best engine when compared to its competitors. However, the RS Q8 produces the same amount of torque as the Alpina but lacks a little power whereas Maserati’s Levante Trofeo has lesser torque but is almost equal to the Audi. 

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Acceleration and Braking Performance

Besides being equipped with a bigger engine, the ALPINA XB7 also showcases great acceleration numbers with a top speed of 180 MPH and going from 0-60 MPH in 4.0 seconds. Now for a 7-seater, such times are simply amazing. 

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 accelerate 0-60 mph just in 4 sec

Although the braking performance specs are still unknown with Brembo-built calipers and ventilated discs, they might be staggering as well.

Models

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7

2020 Bentley Bentayga V8

2020 Audi RS Q8

2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo

0-60 (seconds)

4.0

4.4

3.7

3.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

12.6*

11.5*

11.8*

N/A

Top Speed (MPH)

180

180

190

189

60-0 (feet)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

*unofficial data

Audi’s RS Q8 storms to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds whereas Bentley Bentayga is the slowest in this comparison as this is the V8 trim and not the W12. The Levante Trofeo nearly equals Audi’s timings but there is insufficient data to decide who’s the best between the two. However, the overall slogger is the XB7 but it also has a larger seating capacity.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Fuel Economy

7.0/10

ALPINA has not yet released its fuel economy specs, however, with the biggest engine in its competition, the XB7 is not expected to do as much as other cars. Although, it officially returns 21 MPG on the highway with a tank capacity of 21.9 gallons could give it a greater range over some of its competitors.

Models

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7

2020 Bentley Bentayga V8

2020 Audi RS Q8

2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo

MPG (City)

N/A

14

13

14*

MPG (Highway)

21

23

19

18*

MPG (Combined)

N/A

17

15

15*

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

21.9

22.5

22.5

18*

Range in miles (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

NA/459.9/NA

315.0/517.5/382.5

292.5/427.5/337.5

252.0/324.0/270.0

Surprisingly, the Bentayga has the best fuel economy even with a 4.0L engine, sharing its tank capacity with the Audi RS Q8, it does not have good individual MPG numbers whereas the ALPINA XB7’s data is yet to be released, the highway MPG shows that it is better than the Audi. On the other hand, Levante Trofeo stands last only because of its smallest fuel tank.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Interior

9.9/10

The BMW ALPINA XB7 has got very pleasing interiors, starting with the dashboard which is well-crafted and gives a simple yet premium look. The center-console is very much decorated with everything on it covered in glass, the diamond-styled gear knob, knurl-finished round touchpad, which is very similar to the regular X7 in terms of the basic design and layout of the cabin.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 middle row seats

Besides this, the cabin is lit up with ambient lights, and a huge panoramic sunroof lets in a ton of natural sunlight. Many other optional convenience features like Alcantara headliner in upholstery color, five-zone automatic climate control, and ‘Sky Lounge’ LED panoramic roof adds a lot of bling to the interior.

Moving on to the seating, the capacity is optional between 7-seater middle row bench seats or 6-seater with middle row power-adjustable captain’s chairs. The front seats are heated, 20-way powered with lumbar, shoulder, and thigh support plus massaging and memory function. Additionally, heated front armrests and steering wheel wrapped in Lavalina leather settle comfort in the front. 

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 rear seat

The heating function is also available in the middle row seats and the comfort is still at its best with either of the seats and there is still enough room available for the third-row seats to include in a few more adults and seat them comfortably. All the seats are wrapped in extended Merino leather upholstery and a vivid variety of trim colors are available to choose from to match the vibe.

Models

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7

2020 Bentley Bentayga V8

2020 Audi RS Q8

2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo

Seating Capacity

6-7

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

41.9/60.0/39.8*

40.3/41.7/NA

41.1/59.5/41.2

TBD

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

39.9/58.1/37.6*

38.0/40.9/NA

38.6/58.5/40.1

TBD

Third Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

36.6/47.9/33.3*

N/A

N/A

N/A

The ALPINA XB7 is a three-row car unlike most of its rivals but still provides the best comfort in the first two rows when compared. The RS Q8 seems to take the second place with greater shoulder and legroom than the Bentayga whereas the Maserati’s interior dimensions are not disclosed until now.

How is the infotainment in the 2021 BMW ALPINA XB7?

The infotainment that ALPINA XB7 offers is a “Live Cockpit Professional” which comes with two 12.3-inch sharp and intuitive displays that can be operated by voice, by touch, or using the touchpad and can also be controlled using gestures. The system responds quickly and is very user-friendly, moreover, optional entertainment screens in the middle row add luxury to this performance SUV. The system is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatible, SiriusXM HD Radio, WiFi hotspot, USB, and BMW-enhanced smartphone connectivity to pair all types of devices to the car.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 dashboard

Other than that, a standard HiFi audio system with 10-speakers and a 205-watt digital amplifier keeps its occupants in rhythm with the vehicle whereas an optional 1500-watt 20-speaker Bowers and Wilkins Diamond Surround system hypes up the cabin quality and Connected Package Professional includes real-time traffic navigation and much more high-tech stuff.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Exterior

9.0/10

The XB7 is nearly similar to the X7 but with minor changes on the front and rear which make it the SUV it is. The headlights and tail lights remain just the same but the front bumper is slightly tweaked to increase the air intake with the additional ALPINA badging whereas on the side, a little more bodywork is added under the chrome inlay and the rear has been changed the most with upgraded ALPINA exhaust and a small diffuser to increase the aerodynamic efficiency and make it a fast and agile SUV.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 third quarter view

The wheels, on the other hand, can be upgraded from a 21-inch ALPINA Dynamic to a 23-inch ALPINA Classic costing only about $2500 more. Additionally, BMW makes the ALPINA XB7 much attractive, equipping chrome exhaust tips,power-folding side mirrors, roof spoiler, high-gloss black aero blades to it, and more customizable with a range of non-metallic or metallic paints to choose from.

Models

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7

2020 Bentley Bentayga V8

2020 Audi RS Q8

2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo

Curb Weight (lbs)

5,860

5,280

5,490

4,784

Length (inches)

203.3

202.3

197.3

197.6

Width (inches)

78.7

78.7

78.7

77.4

Height (inches)

70.7

68.6

66.7

66.9

Ground Clearance (inches)

N/A

9.6*

8.5*

8.0*

Wheelbase (inches)

122.2

117.9

117.9

118.2

The XB7, Bentayga, and RS Q8 share the same width while the latter is the shortest whereas the Maserati clinches first place in being the most compact. 

On the other hand, ALPINA XB7 is the longest and bulkiest of all; however, it should also be noted that by default, the XB7 has three rows whereas its competitors might be much more compact but only have two rows to fit people in with optional three-row seating.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Safety

9.9/10

BMW has taken enough measures to make its ALPINA XB7 as safe as possible. With features like Frontal Collision Warning, Active Blindspot Detection, Active Cruise Control, Automatic Lane Change, and much more comes under the package of Active Driving Assistant Professional as standard. Additionally, passive safety is taken care of by the Active Protection Assistant and Parking Assistant Plus helps to find a way in every difficult and embarrassing parking lot situation.

None of the famous crash-testing organizations have yet tested the ALPINA XB7, one of the major reasons might be because it is just another X7 and would have just the same ratings. Also, another possible reason is the high costs. None of this affects the fact that the BMW ALPINA XB7 is a perfectly safe and sound performance SUV.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Competition

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 vs 2020 Bentley Bentayga V8

The Bentayga has a very soothing exterior and it shows class from the outside, however, it feels as if the interiors are slightly overdone. Also, the interiors of the XB7 look and feel modern enough whereas the Bentayga’s interior styling looks out-dated. 

 2020 Bentley Bentayga V8

Another difference is the level of comfort that is provided by the XB7 is unmatchable by the Bentley. On the other hand, the Bentayga might be equal in terms of performance but there is a lot more power and torque in the ALPINA XB7 compromising its fuel efficiency. 

Dimension wise, the Bentayga is definitely more compact and easier to maneuver in the toughest spaces but the XB7 is equipped with enough safety and driver assistance features and still costs less which gives it the edge over the British performance SUV.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 vs 2020 Audi RS Q8

Talking about the exteriors, the BMW ALPINA XB7 fades when the Audi RS Q8 enters the game and is inarguably the most attractive performance SUV of its time and has better performance than the XB7 at a lower price. 

2020 Audi RS Q8

However, the plus side of the BMW is that it is more comfortable, does not have plain and dull interiors, offers better fuel economy, and has better safety and infotainment features. The XB7 also has a well-covered warranty package offered compared to the RS Q8. Last but not the least, XB7 steals the game from RS Q8 with the availability of a third-row increasing the seating capacity whereas the Audi is limited to only five.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 vs 2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo

The Levante Trofeo has a sportier styling and looks more attractive than the XB7. However, it is not as powerful as observed from the numbers where the XB7 outperforms it in terms of power and torque whereas the Maserati has greater acceleration and top speed. 

2020 Maserati Levante Trofeo

Fuel economy is not yet disclosed but the XB7 tends to have better efficiency than the Levante Trofeo. Moving on to the interiors, the Levante has simple and good quality materials but dull interiors that feel quite out-dated whereas it is exactly opposite on the part of ALPINA XB7. The BMW also has many more infotainment and safety features which makes it more preferable than the Italian automaker.

2021 BMW ALPINA XB7 Final Verdict

The new BMW ALPINA XB7 is great at performance, is attractive on the outside and has gorgeous interiors making it one of the best SUVs to buy. It is very comfortable and luxurious and is worth its cost which is also very affordable. 

With many high-tech infotainment features, quality comfort and guaranteed safety attract most of its attention. Another advantage is the seating capacity which makes it different from its competitors and hence, be it family, sporty, or a road trip, the ALPINA XB7 best suits any type of drive and it is probably the best performance SUV to own for the upcoming era.

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